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State of Michigan Government Information

Introduction

Executive Branch [agencies, budget...]

Tax Information [federal and state]

Legislative Branch [bills, laws, Congress...]

Additional Government Websites

Judicial Branch [courts]

Lists of Online Agency Publications [DEQ, DNR, etc]

 

Introduction

Northern Michigan University is one of 12 libraries in the state (and the only one in the Upper Peninsula) to be designated as a Michigan Documents Depository. This program, administered by the Library of Michigan, distributes publications in print and electronic form that are available to all citizens of Michigan. Look carefully at what you've found our library catalog: there might be a link to a document that exists only online instead of a call number to a printed one. Electronic Michigan Documents (and only electronic Michigan documents) can be searched via this search engine.

For Upper Peninsula government information, please go to the Local & Regional Documents webpage.

Core Resources

State of Michigan Official Homepage
Provides links to various agencies, services, and information relevant to the citizens of Michigan.

Michigan Dashboard.
Provides a quick assessment of the state’s performance in key areas including: economic strength; health and education; value for money government; quality of life; and public safety.

Michigan Constitution
Michigan has adopted four constitutions, those of 1835, 1850, 1908, and 1963. Each document was the product of a convention composed of delegates elected to draft a proposed constitution for submission to the voters. This link will let you view the last constitution, of 1963, which became effective on January 1, 1964, and has been amended 17 times. A paper copy can be found in the Michigan Documents area under KFM 4601 1963 .A35 2002.

Google Custom Search: Michigan Resources
Created by the Univesity of Michigan, this meta-search allows you to search across 98 sites that have one thing in common: Michigan. Includes government and non-government resources.

Google Custom Search Engine for Michigan Tribes
Includes all 12 tribes in Michigan as well as links associated with the tribes. Casinos not included.

Census: Michigan
State of Michigan website devoted to census data for Michigan. Population as well as Socio-Economic data has been obtained from the Federal Census and summarized/edited into numbers specific to Michigan. Most reports are in .pdf or spreadsheet formats.

Citizens Research Council of Michigan
CRC of Michigan is a nonprofit public affairs research organization that provides factual, unbiased, independent information on issues concerning state and local government in Michigan.

Citizen's Guide to State Government
Prepared by the Michigan Legislature, this site contains links to detailed information on all three branches of state government, including names of current House and Senate officers, committee members, and Supreme Court justices. Provides a good overview for anyone interested in Michigan politics. Current edition is online; older editions can be found at JK 5830 .C57 (Michigan Documents).

MichiganVotes.org. This is a free public service of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which is a conservative think tank. Like the CRC of Michigan, this resource is not a website from the State of Michigan. Also related is the non-partisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network, a group concerned about the influence of money in politics.

The Center for Michigan.
"The Center for Michigan is a “think-and-do” tank founded by Phil Power in early 2006. A 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit organization, The Center’s objective is to cure our unhealthy hyper-partisan political culture and reinvigorate our broken policy apparatus by calling forth a bottom-up, common ground citizens’ agenda for Michigan’s transformation."

Michigan Manual
The Michigan Manual is published biennially by the Legislative Service Bureau. As the State's official manual, it includes fundamental reference information about Michigan — its history, constitutional development, government organization, and institutions. The most current copy is available at the Reference Desk JK 5831 (DATE); the link will take you to a page with several different publications on it—look for the Michigan Manual (although there are many other publications pertaining to Michigan laws)..

Michigan in Brief (2002-2003)
Michigan in Brief is prepared and published by Public Sector Consultants, Inc., and provides useful information about the state and an objective look at more than 40 public policy topics of current concern to Michigan residents and their elected  representatives. The issues are treated in sufficient depth to be useful to the well-informed yet written plainly enough to be understood by nonexperts. Each policy topic presentation has four parts: a glossary; background information; discussion of policy options, including a balanced, nonpartisan presentation of various viewpoints; and sources of additional information, including telephone and FAX numbers as well as Web sites where available. Also available in Reference; REF JK 5801 .M54 (DATE)

Searching for older Michigan publications that are, perhaps, not online? Try one of several resources: the Library of Michigan Catalog (this includes Michigan State University), the University of Michigan, and the Detroit Public Library.

Executive Branch [back to top]

State Web Sites
A site map of the State of Michigan website with agencies, boards, commissions, offices, etc. An additional resource is an A-Z list of online services, sortable by agency or theme.

Office of the State Budget
Links to the most recent budget bills for departments.  Previous budgets are available to fiscal year 2000.

State of Michigan Directory
Allows you to look up State of Michigan employees and their phone numbers or email addresses.

Legislative Branch [back to top]

Michigan Legislature
A free service of the Michigan Legislative Council, the Michigan House of Representatives, and the Michigan Senate.  Provides information on bills, Senate and House calendars, committee meetings, joint resolutions, public acts, and the Michigan Compiled Laws.

State of Michigan Representatives (UP only) [see also U.S. representatives ]

Legal resources for Michigan at the Olson Library can be located using this guide.

John Kivela (D)
House representative for the 109th District.

Howard Walker (R)
Senate representative for the 37th District.

Scott Dianda (D)
House representative for the 110th District.

Ed McBroom (R)
House representative for the 108th District.

Tom Casperson (R)
Senate representative for the 38th District.

Frank Foster (R)
House representative for the 107th District.

Michigan House of Representatives
The official Web page for Michigan's House of Representatives.

Michigan Senate
The official Web page for Michigan's Senate.

Judicial Branch [back to top]

Michigan Courts
Offers links to the Michigan Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and trial courts.  Also provides an overview of the court system, online court forms, current court rules, etc.

State Legal Materials
Listing of Michigan legal resources from Cornell University.

Federal District Courts for Michigan

Eastern District
United States District Court
United States District Court - Bankruptcy Court

Western District
United States District Court
United States District Court - Bankruptcy Court

Additional Government Websites [back to top]

Michigan Townships Association.

Michigan Association of Counties.

Michigan Association of Mayors.

Intertribal Council of Michigan. An additional (and expanded) resource for Native American's in Michigan is Government Resources for Michigan Tribal Libraries.

Michigan Association of Regions. There are 14 regions in Michigan (also known as Councils of Government).

State and Local Government on the Net: Michigan. A bit of a duplication of what's been listed here, but in a different layout. The National Association of Counties has a clickable map of states with similar contact information.

Agency Publications [back to top]

Many Michigan agencies have scanned in older (and current) printed publications (such as reports) and have made them available online. Unfortunately, they can be difficult to find. I hope this list helps (and you could search Michigan Google Custom Search for "publications"). The following list links you to those lists:

Questions? Contact Bruce Sarjeant, Reference, Documents & Maps Librarian (227-1580).

 


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